In last night’s 8-5 win over the Padres, Washington’s Bryce Harper at 19 years, 211 days old, hit his first major league homer.
- Harper is the youngest to homer since Adrian Beltre went long when he was 19 years, 171 days old on Sept. 25, 1998, for the Dodgers
- Harper became the 111th major leaguer to homer as a teenager.
- The most productive home run season by a teenager was Tony Conigliaro‘s 1964 Red Sox season when he hit 19 homers. Mel Ott hit 18 for the NY Giants in 1928 as a 19 year old. Ken Griffey, Jr. hit 16 as a 19-year old in 1989 for the Mariners. Mickey Mantle had 13 for the Yankees in 1951 at age 19. And, rounding out the double digit home run hitting teenagers was the Mets’ Eddie Kranepool who hit 10 at 19 in 1964.
- Tommy Brown of the 1945 Brooklyn Dodgers homered at 17 years 257 days and 17 years 262 days for the youngest major league homers.
- Mel Ott was the youngest to reach 100 homers when he hit his at 22 years 132 day. Tony Conigliaro was just behind him at 22 years 197 days.
- Tony Conigliaro totaled 24 homers before he reached 20, the most for any teenager.
- At 19 years, 5 months, and 28 days old, Andruw Jones of the Atlanta Braves is the youngest player to hit a home run in a World Series game when he hit one in the first game of the 1996 World Series against his current teammate, Andy Pettitte, and the New York Yankees.
- Gary Sheffield, Rusty Staub and Ty Cobb are the only three players to homer as a teenager and after turning forty.
- Harper’s homer came in his 62nd plate appearance and his 54th at bat for the Nationals. Harper had hit only one homer in 72 minor league plate appearances, this season, but had 17 last season